The Moonhanger Group and The Big House present Lee Roy Parnell

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If you’ve never heard of slide guitar, and you happen to be a fan of blue-eyed soul, delta blues, roadhouse rock, southern boogie, Texas swing and gospel, then heading over to the Cox Capitol Theatre on Saturday, April 5, to listen to the smooth guitar stylings of Lee Roy Parnell is the perfect introduction to the genre.

Slide guitar, for those who don’t know, is a guitar-playing technique that involves sliding an object along the guitar strings to achieve particular pitches and vibrating length. Parnell utilizes the method of guitar playing to achieve a true bluesy ambience to his music.

“Lee Roy Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat. An ace guitarist, as well as a distinctive singer and hit songwriter, his music runs the gamut of diversity,” said Lisa McClendon, executive director of the Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House,

“Macon is extremely fortunate to bring such a talented musician to the Cox Theatre. He’s a real treat. He’s one of the best blues guitarists you’ll hear.”

McClendon is not alone in this assessment of Parnell’s unique talent.

Virtually as soon as he began his career as a blues and slide guitarist, Parnell achieved success.

He was signed with Polygram Music and had a featured spot at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tenn., shortly after he decided to make the move 27 years ago.

After two years with Polygram, he made the move to Arista Records under the direction of Tim Dubois.

His debut album was recorded in none other than the musical mecca, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, with Barry Beckett of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section as the producer.

Parnell then moved on to sign with Vanguard and Universal South, and is currently working on what will be his first independently released album, as well as his very own music publishing company, Dean Parnell Music.

This concert, which is one of four events being held to benefit The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House, will feature not only Lee Roy Parnell, but the up-and-coming country music singer-songwriter Adam Hood.

Students can expect to hear from both Hood and Parnell a wide range of songs that come together to form a truly distinctive and comprehensive Southern sound.

The doors open at 7 p.m. with musical performances starting at 8 p.m.

General admission tickets range from $25 to $37.50 and can be purchased online at www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.

If you’re looking for a luxury listening experience, VIP Premiere table seating is also available with prices ranging from $500 to $1000 per table.

For more information regarding this event, including ticket details and table purchases, please call The Allman Brothers Band at The Big House at 478-741-5551, and dial ext. 1.